There’s only one thing I like more than I like Target: A screaming deal that beats Target. With Target price matching just about any store and the RedCard giving you another 5% off, beating Target’s prices on anything is not easy to do. But it can be done.
Taking in mind different competitor promos, specific store brand products, and stores Target doesn’t price match with, I found some things you should shop elsewhere for.
Here’s a quick list of things you should never buy at Target.
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1. Don’t buy children’s bikes at Target; buy them on Walmart.com instead.
Kids’ bikes are like kids’ shoes — they outgrow them too fast to justify spending more money than is necessary.
Here’s the interesting thing: on the surface both of these 16″ Huffy bikes seem to be the same. But since they’re not the exact same make and model and not shipped directly from Walmart, Target won’t price match them. Shop Walmart.com and save over $30:
2. Don’t buy pregnancy tests at Target; buy them at Dollar Tree instead.
The price of a Dollar Tree pregnancy test might make you skeptical of the accuracy, but even if you buy a couple just to be sure, you’re still saving money.
Plus, when you compare to name brands Target offers like First Response or Clearblue, you’ll save as much as $12 at Dollar Tree.
- Dollar Tree (Generic pregnancy test): $1 each
- Target (up & up pregnancy test): $3.50 each
Plus, the up & up pregnancy tests get some terrible reviews, with customers claiming they’re defective. Yikes.
3. Don’t buy bread at Target; buy it at Dollar Tree instead.
Dollar Tree sells Oroweat bread, and it’s the lowest regular price you’ll find on that brand anywhere. Bread at the Dollar Tree isn’t expired, but it’s closer to expiration than bread at Target, so throw it in the freezer or make a nice sandwich plate when you get home.
Sometimes, Dollar Tree just beats Target.
- Dollar Tree (Oroweat bread): $1
- Target (Oroweat bread): $2.99
4. Don’t buy a Nintendo Switch Lite bundle at Target; buy it at Kohl’s instead.
There are plenty of Target video game deals out there, but Nintendo Switch bundles are a different story. Target offers the occasional Switch bundle deal during Black Friday, but here’s a Kohl’s deal on the Switch Lite I’ve seen numerous times throughout 2021. At Target, this bundle (console, game, and case) costs you $20 more. Plus, Target doesn’t price match Kohl’s Rewards or Kohl’s Cash:
Spend $50, receive $10 Kohl’s Cash
Spend $100, receive $5 Kohl’s Rewards, no limit
Free shipping on orders of $75+
Final Price: $269.99, plus $10 Kohl’s Rewards and $50 Kohl’s Cash
Compare at Target $280
5. Don’t buy Sonicare replacement heads at Target; buy generic ones on Amazon instead.
Regular Sonicare replacement heads can be pretty pricey. If you want to save the most money, buy the Amazon generic version because they’re much cheaper — $1.70 per head!
6. Don’t buy panty liners at Target; pick them up at Walmart instead.
Target’s up & up panty liners get some rough reviews, with people claiming they fall apart within hours. Walmart’s equate panty liners get much better reviews and are even cheaper (especially if you factor in the quantity).
- Target up & up panty liners, 96 count $3.99, or $0.04 a liner.
- Walmart Equate panty liners, 120 count $3.88, or $0.03 a liner.
What products do you avoid when you’re picking up your Target haul? Let the rest of the KCL community know in the comments below!